Credit Point System

Credit point regulation for ZNZ doctoral students

The credit point system is adopted from the ‘Ordinance for doctoral studies at ETH Zurich' (Verordnung über das Doktoratsstudium an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich, dated 1 July 2008 and last updated 1 November 2013), and is binding for all doctoral students participating in the International PhD Program in Neuroscience of the ZNZ. The following is an excerpt from this ordinance:

  • One credit point is equivalent to a workload of 25-30 hours. Credit points can only be given if the doctoral student actively participates in the course.
  • At least twelve credit points must be collected during a three-year (or longer) PhD period.
  • At least one third of the credit points must be acquired outside the direct research field of the doctoral student, but in the area of neuroscience.
  • No credit points will be given for courses and exams that are part of the admission requirements for doctoral studies.

In addition to that, the following applies:

  • A course can be attended only once for credit.
  • Credit points will only be awarded for courses, but not for attendance at conferences.